KABUL: (Middle East Press) A senior leader of al-Qaeda has been killed in Yemen following drone strike which launched by the US, said the online group following a statement.

The statement added on Tuesday that Ibrahim al-Rubaish, a Saudi, was killed in a drone attack two days ago, however, the group did not specify where the air raid exactly took place.

Al-Rubaish had a $5m bounty on his head.

“Al-Rubeish fought in Afghanistan at Tora Bora, was captured and was sent to Guantanamo, according to Flashpoint Intelligence, a security company and NBC News partner. He was released in 2006 and joined Al-Qaida group AQAP, which U.S. officials have described as the most dangerous branch of the terror network.” NBC News states.

The death of al-Rubaish may be a sign that a covert US drone programme against Yemen’s branch of the armed group continues despite the evacuation of American military advisers from the country amid a worsening civil war.

No immediate comment were made on the report by Yemeni and the U.S officials.

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